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Special Report 15: Staying on budget - Print Version
A friend with a million dollar project came to us for a chat and we saved him $50,000 on wood windows alone. He seems determined to go over budget by 50%. . . We know of another million dollar home that went to $1.8 million. Big or small, your house doesn't need to go over by even $1,000 if you...


Sherry Jo in Austin, TX said:

My husband and I are still in the process of looking for land.  However, we are trying to find out if building our own home is cheaper than a ready built home.  Our son and his wife built their 2,600 square foot  home on 5 acers of land at the approximate total cost $250,000 for both house and land in Buda, Texas.

 I feel that my husband and I can do it much more cheaper than what my son and his wife spent on their house.  I am creating a book on ideas and prices for things we will need to purchase for our new house and totaling up the estimate costs by looking at Lowe's and Home Depot prices on all nessesary items such as cabinets, bathroom items and much more.  I am looking for a software that will allow me to "design" my  own home floor plans.  I am having trouble finding out how to get the Special offers "FREE".  I am on a very very tight budget on spending money for books and plans.

Our present house is 30 years old and paid $57,000 for it in 1977 which is now valued between $169,000.00 - $198,000.00.  We are ready to move on to "retirement" life.  Hopefully, your books and information will help us decide if we really want to build our own new home.

Sherry Jo-- Austin, Texas

Jeff in Provo, UT said: Good luck!

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Patricia in Florissant, CO said:

I am using Punch Professional Home Design Platinum Suite.  Once you get some practice it will be easy & fun.  It is on sale at



Martin in Orem, UT said: We used Plan3D and were very satisfied once we started using a faster computer and practiced on it a bit. The pop-up tutorials are pretty necessary in the beginning to get the hang of it. Make sure you aren't trying it on an older, slower PC. We then were able to take the floor plans and elevations we made ourselves to a designer and engineer and should come away without paying more than $4500 for stamped plans.

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Sarah in Leominster, MA said: We're looking forward to exploring this website and learning more about home building! We have land and a a floor plan that is nearing completion. We're looking to see how much we can do ourselves, and of course, how to stay on budget!
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